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Has climate change taken prominence over biodiversity conservation?

Veríssimo, Diogo, MacMillan, Douglas C., Smith, Robert J., Crees, Jennifer, Davies, Zoe G. (2014) Has climate change taken prominence over biodiversity conservation? Bioscience, 64 (7). pp. 625-629. ISSN 0006-3568. (doi:10.1093/biosci/biu079)

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Abstract

The growing prominence of climate change has led to concerns that other important environmental issues, such as biodiversity loss, are being overshadowed. We investigate this assertion by examining trends in biodiversity and climate change coverage within the scientific and newspaper press, as well as the relative distribution of funding through the World Bank and the National Science Foundation, since the late 1980s. Our indicators substantiate some of these fears. To prevent biodiversity from becoming a declining priority, conservationists need to analyze the discourse surrounding climate change and determine how it has become the predominant environmental topic. In addition, given the common drivers of biodiversity loss and climate change, we argue that win–win solutions must be sought wherever possible. Conservationists need to be proactive and take this opportunity to use the mounting interest in climate change as a flagship to leverage more support and action to prevent further biodiversity loss.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/biosci/biu079
Uncontrolled keywords: content analysis, extinction, global warming, investment, media
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Douglas MacMillan
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 07:40 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 10:37 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43279 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Smith, Robert J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1599-9171
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